Board Certification

Certification by the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) has several objectives to improve the quality of emergency medical care, to establish and maintain high standards of excellence in the specialty of Emergency Medicine, to improve medical education and facilities for training emergency physicians, to administer evaluations of specialists in Emergency Medicine applying for certification and recertification, and to grant and issue to qualified physicians certificates or other recognition of special knowledge and skills in Emergency Medicine and to suspend or revoke the same.

Certification represents dedication to the highest level of professionalism in patient care. ABEM certification provides a standard of excellence by which you can select highly qualified Emergency Medicine physicians.

The ABEM's certificate in Emergency Medicine is awarded only after all the following requirements have been met:

GRADUATION from an accredited medical school in the United States or Canada or from a foreign medical school recognized by the World Health Organization.

COMPLETION of at least three years of training in Emergency Medicine in an accredited residency program. This training, supervised by highly-trained medical specialists, involves the care of patients in hospital and outpatient settings.

VERIFICATION of satisfactory completion of residency training and acceptability as a practitioner of Emergency Medicine, including the achievement of clinical competence and the demonstration of professional and ethical behavior.

POSSESSION of a valid, unrestricted state license to practice medicine.

SUCCESSFUL completion of both a comprehensive written and oral examination covering all aspects of emergency care for children and adults.

The American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine (AOBEM) also offers a certification process with similar requirements and standards for qualification. Together with the ABEM, they represent the two leading certifying boards in the specialty, each committed to professionalism and a belief that lifelong scholarship and self-evaluation are required for high quality medical care.